Last night Jeremy Corbyn MP hosted an excellent event to promote the campaign, 'The end of Impunity and for the Pathway to Peace in the Great Lakes Region of Africa.' This event was organised by the Congolese Women's Group, 'Liberation'. Speaking in the photo is the former Prime Minister of Buganda (a semi-autonomous region within Uganda), Joseph Semwogerere Mulwannyamuli who was decrying the lack democracy in the region. More information from the website: www.liberationorg.co.uk
It’s often said that you really know who your friends are in a time of crisis, and the more than 300 UPF Ambassadors for Peace who made the long journey to Korea to attend the memorial services for Father Moon on September 15 proved that we are more than just friends: we are indeed one family under God. Over a course of three days, the UPF group shared tears, memories, determination, and also plenty of laughter and smiles as we comforted each other and shared testimony as to the many, many ways that this extraordinary man of God had touched all our lives.
Nowhere was this more evident than at the celebratory memorial banquet held after the memorial services Saturday night back in Seoul’s bustling Gangnam district at the Intercontinental Grand Hotel, fittingly located next to the COEX Exhibition Center where just three years ago Dr. Moon launched his best-selling autobiography, 'As a Peace Loving Global Citizen'. Indeed, many of those who came to attend his homegoing service had also been present on that sunny June day in 2009, and there was a sense of reunion in the air.
Father Moon’s impact on interfaith relations was evident from the heartfelt benedictions offered by four representatives from the religious community. Prayers were offered by Bishop Riah al Assal, the immediate past Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem, who noted that throughout his diocese, which includes the troubled lands of Syria, Lebanon and Iraq, there is an urgent need for reconciliation of the family of Abraham. (Photo: Rt. Rev'd Riah Abu El Assal offering prayers.)
Dr. Hamdi Mohammed Murad, (Photo: Standing to Bishop Riah's Left) the soft-spoken Muslim cleric from Amman, Jordan, co-founder of the Interfaith Coexistence Research Center there, thanked God for his mercy and kindness, specifically for having allowed everyone present to have lived and worked with Father Moon, a man who loved God so much. Other representatives of the Middle East Peace Initiative (MEPI) also in attendance were Dr. Abraham Shalom Haim, Chair of the Council of Oriental and Sephardic Jews in Spain, and the prominent Druze leader and publisher, Sheik Samih Natur from Jerusalem.
“The Druze community has long been in complete support and agreement with the teachings of Father Moon,” said Natur, who just two weeks ago at the most recent MEPI event in Jerusalem unveiled a five-volume encyclopedia of the Druze religion and culture. “We especially appreciate his profound teachings on marriage and family values, and I am proud to say today we will continue to advance his vision in Israel and throughout the region.”
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the international religious leader and founder of the Unification Church and the Universal Peace Federation, was laid to rest on September 15 in a series of moving ceremonies held in the mountainous countryside just outside Seoul that Father Moon loved so much in life. (See also One Family Under God Is Dr. Sun Myung Moon’s Lasting Legacy)
In addition to the 50,000 mourners packed in and around the Cheongshim Peace Stadium, church officials estimated that several millions more participated in the ceremony through live web broadcast and satellite programs in over 100 nations. After a selection of messages of support and condolence received from Korean and world leaders were shown to the mourners on the giant video screens, live coverage began. Father Moon’s body, which had been lying in state for eight days at a small chapel at the nearby Cheon Jeong Goong museum, was reverently led out to the waiting vehicles.
Slowly, the flower-bedecked procession wound its way down the mountainside, through wisps of fog and cloud, to the stadium where the tens of thousands of mourners—women dressed in white and cream and men with dark suits and white ties—were waiting in somber silence. Read full article
Meeting in the Scottish Parliament
This was a historic occasion, the first meeting of the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) in the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh. It was also poignant for the fact that Father Moon, founder of the UPF, had passed away just nine days before.Christina McKelvie, member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Lanark and convener of the European and External Relations Committee, extended a warm welcome to the gathering, which numbered about seventy. She quoted from the UPF mission statement, recognising the importance of UPF’s work in healing community divisions. She has recently returned from a visit to Montenegro in the Balkans.
Dear Mother Moon and Members of the Moon Family.
Excellencies. Distinguished Guests. Ambassadors for Peace. Ladies and Gentlemen.
It is my distinct privilege to pay tribute to Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon on the occasion of his passing into the spiritual world. On the one hand, this is a day of sadness, as we reflect on the loss of a man we all came to know and love. We could witness his absolute conviction and passion toward carrying out the will of God. He was always ready to risk his life for the sake of God’s Will.
Mother Moon I know you must be very sad today. And at the same time, you must also be very proud to have loved and lived, side by side, with this great man of destiny for more than 50 years. You know him not only as your husband, the father of your children, or the great man of peace known around the world. You know the man who, as a young boy, was called by Jesus Christ to take up his mission to restore the world; to build God’s Kingdom; and establish a world of universal peace. You know the man who came to know the heart of God, and the man who came to embody the true love of God, as True Father. Together you stand as True Parents.
GAPYEONG, South Korea — It’s just one floral tribute among hundreds here, but the stand of white paper chrysanthemums draped by a ribbon of Korean characters bears some unique political and diplomatic weight, David R. Sands of The Washington Times reports.
The wreath expresses the condolences of new young North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for the death of Unification Church founder and spiritual guide the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, who devoted much of his life and ministry to seeking an end to the long standoff that has divided the Korean Peninsula for more than 60 years. (Full Article - Rev. Moon lauded for efforts to reunify Koreas)
In a culture that values both hierarchy and diplomatic nuance, the effusive welcome given the Rev. Hyung Jin Moon, the 33-year-old youngest son of Rev. Moon and his designated spiritual successor, on a visit to Pyongyang just days after his father’s death turned heads in both Seoul and Washington. The warm reception also sent a strong signal that the Unification Church’s pioneering business ventures in the North, including a car manufacturer and a resort hotel, will not only survive but also expand despite Rev. Moon’s passing.
Throughout his life, Rev. Sun Myung Moon carried out his work for world peace and the restoration of humanity through many different projects and programs. One of the most dramatic was the suggestion to physically link the nations of the world through the proposed Korea-Japan Tunnel and Bering Strait Tunnel, conceived as crucial links in a proposed International Peace Highway.
The International Peace Highway and the Japan Korea Tunnel
Rev. Moon first proposed the construction of the International Peace Highway to an audience of leading international scholars, including Nobel laureates, at the 10th International Conference on the Unity of Science held in Seoul on November 10 1981. The International Peace Highway reflects his grand vision to eventually remove national boundaries and bring humanity together as one by connecting the world through a highway network.